Splash Biography

CHRISTIAN HUGO HOFFMANN, PhD candidate in Economics (Strategy & Management)

Major: Management

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I’m a dynamic graduate of philosophy, business and economics with both highly advanced academic knowledge and practical experience in an international context (Germany, France, the UK, Holland, South Africa, Thailand, USA). Proven ability to apply learned theories and skills in different working environments (including teaching). I enjoy team and project work, I’m a good communicator, I maintain a goal-oriented approach and I work independently under time pressure to learn something new every day and with every new project.

In particular, I would embrace a creative, continual and valuable exchange with like-minded peers and students. I would also describe my passion for science (in a broad sense of the word) and teaching as fundamental to my personality. Given my vita and my background in a broad range of fields, I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas and impressions on financial literacy or the philosophy of science, for example.

Past Classes

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H1965: (How) Can We Really Be Sure That The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow? – Understanding Problems of Induction and an Introduction to the Philosophy of Science in Splash Spring 16 (Apr. 02, 2016)
My course provides a basic introduction to the main philosophical questions and issues concerning epistemology, scientific knowledge and methodology. It puts an emphasis on different problems of induction, including the so-called old (David Hume) and new (Nelson Goodman) riddle of induction. Commonly, induction is a method of reasoning in which a generalization is argued to be true based on individual examples that seem to fit with that generalization. For example, after observing that the sun rose yesterday and the day before yesterday etc., one might inductively infer that the sun rises every day. Problems of induction are particularly suited to catch students’ interest because it probably makes them wonder about elements of our knowledge which are all too often taken for granted. They learn to challenge unquestioned ‘truths’, which not only teaches us in the art of reflection – what can philosophical reflection on the history of science tell us about the reliability of scientific methodology? –, but might also have a sustainable impact on their academic interests and careers.

H1966: Let the money work for you - Financial Literacy in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis in Splash Spring 16 (Apr. 02, 2016)
The hubris of spurious precision, complexity, systemic risks and many other factors and phenomena contributed to the global financial crisis of 2007-09. Lessons learned highlighted the need to reconsider the scope and nature of financial literacy initiatives and programs. We study how modern financial markets work, we learn about their peculiarities and discuss how we can thrive in light of the immense challenges that turbulent, dynamic and complex systems pose.